|Gregorio Brilovich 14apr2010 Yiddish Book Center|
Gregorio tells of his family's journey from Latvia to Uruguay, then to Chile after the government takeover of the dairy industry, where he grew up quite poor. He speaks of his journey to America during World War II, his education as an engineer and subsequent world travels because of his career, his return to Chile at a volatile time, and finally his settling in California. To cite this interview: Gregorio Brilovich Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's We...
Keywords: Latvia; immigration; South America; Uruguay; Peddling milk and cheese; Chile; Synagogue; Santiago; Yiddish; Bar MItzvah; Berkeley; Freighter; engineer; California; assembly line; Cuba; Yiddish newspapers; engagement; marriage; payis; religious education; selling bread; Riga; Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project
|Tony Michels 21March2012 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Lily)|
Tony Michels was interviewed by Allie Brudney on March 21, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Tony Michaels Oral History Interview, interviewed by Allie Brudney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Madison, WI, March 21, 2012. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/TonyMichels21march2012YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
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|Ilene Gelbaum 8oct2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Christa)|
Ilene Gelbaum is a retired midwife who now lives in California. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, then went to Mt. Sinai’s nursing school. Ilene grew up going to Folkshule (Yiddish elementary school) and her grandparents spoke Yiddish and Russian. Ilene and her husband met when she was 14 and he was 16 because they went to the same high school. They married when she was 18 – they eloped in Jersey City! They never told their parents that they eloped, even after their full Jewish wedding a ...
Keywords: Russian grandparents; New York; Russian; Yiddish; yiddish school teacher; jewish neighborhood; bubbes; grandmothers; grandparents; Hebrew and Yiddish; American Jewish vernacular; future generations losing Yiddishkeyt; meeting husband; Hebrew High School; elope; Jewish wedding; Sri Lanka; PeaceCorps; miracle rice; malaria clinic; midwife quarters; delivering neighbor's child; khanukah; chanukah; Jewish community in India; Dutch synagogue; Mount Sinai; new birth clinic; midwife; California; children; motherhood; bubbe; grandparenting; jewish heritage; geneology; grandchildren; Argentina; finding family; Rosita; Jewish matriarch; family photographs; Yiddish today; multiculturalism; God; Iceland; traveling to Iceland to meet family she worked for as midwife; married life; finding a mate; when to have a baby; Judaism over lifetime; mohel; Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project
|Julius Menn 30Mar2012 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Benno)|
Julius Menn was interviewed by Lesley Yalen on March 30, 2012, at the Yiddish Book Center. Julius was born in the Danzig area in 1929, and he talks about his early years there. Danzig was an independent, liberal enclave on the Baltic Sea (surrounded by Poland and Germany), created by the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I. Julius' father was a businessman from a Hasidic background in Russia...
Keywords: Advice; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language; Immigration; Migration; Other languages; Literature; Holocaust; Education; Israel; Zionism; Eastern Europe; Soviet Union; United States; Politics and political movements; Yiddish Book Center; Anti-Semitism; World War Two; Hebrew; Books; Julius Menn; Danzig; Warsaw; Vilna; Tel Aviv; Berkeley CA; Goan of Vilna; Victor Hugo; Charles Dickens; Haganah; Tarbut Schools; University of California Berkeley; 1920s; 1930s; 1940s; 1950s; 1970s; 2012s; Haganah; Chasidic; Hasidic; Mitnagdim; Bialystok; Polish; German; Kabbalah; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture
|Mark Louden 21March2012 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Lily)|
Mark Louden, Professor of Linguistics in the Department of German at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was interviewed by Allie Brudner on March 21, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Louden is one of a small number of non-Jewish Yiddish experts. Louden grew up in Oakland, California, and was exposed to Jewish culture and Yiddish through friends’ families and his parents’ friends...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; Advice; Childhood; Yiddish language; Yiddish teaching; Yiddish learning; Yiddish revival and activism; Other languages; Career and Professional Life; Scholarship; Academia; Education; Eastern Europe; Soviet Union; United States; Latin America; Transmission; Assimilation; Purim; Sukkos; Sukkot; Yiddish Book Center; Music; Klezmer; Rural; Mark Louden; California; Madison WI; University of Wisconsin Madison; 1980s; 1990s; 2000s; Chassidic; Hasidic; Itzik Gottesman; Texas; German; Oakland CA; Cornell University; Pennsylvania Dutch; Henry Sapoznik; University of Texas; Haredim; Milwaukee; Golda Meir; Manitowoc WI; KlezKamp